Pan-Seared Lemon-Basil Shrimp with White Bean Salad

By mrslarkin
July 6, 2010
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Author Notes: Inspired by a dish I had several years ago at an Italian restaurant, this recipe is so tasty and satisfying. And it’s very versatile – it could easily be served as an entrée or appetizer. I leave the tails on my shrimp – much prettier on the plate, I think.mrslarkin

Serves: 4 or more

  • 1 pound large shrimp, cleaned and deveined, shells removed, tails left on
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus more for seasoning
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • grated zest of 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (one) 15 ounce can small white beans, navy beans or great northern beans
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup celery or fennel bulb, finely diced
  • fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons, about 3 fluffy tablespoons-full (set aside a few pinches for the shrimp)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper, lemon zest and a few pinches of the basil ribbons. Heat pan to medium-high. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil begins sizzling, add shrimp and cook until pink and just beginning to brown slightly. When shrimp are done, remove to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Drain and rinse beans. Combine with diced veggies. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the remaining basil ribbons.
  3. Whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil and the vinegar and add to veggie mixture. Mix well. Taste for salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the bean salad onto a platter. Lay cooked shrimp over top. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Garnish with additional basil (and some snipped fennel fronds, if using.)

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